Abu Dhabi to add more EV charging stations

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Abu Dhabi to add more EV charging stations

Abu Dhabi to add more EV charging stations

ADNOC Distribution looks at putting up a total of 20 charging stations for electric vehicles across Abu Dhabi to meet the increasing demands of electric vehicles.

Tesla, a US car maker has just launched their company and is anticipated to increase production of EVs in UAE. Abu Dhabi alone has twelve charging stations as of the moment.

According to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s acting chief exec. Saeed Al Rashdi, the company has began outfitting its Yas service station with solar power electric charger that can use power coming from the grid as a reserve in case there’s not much sunrays. Also included in the plan is the extension of installation of similar chargers to 7 more service stations – Rabdan, Abu Dhabi Corniche, Al Mushrif, Khalifa City-South, Souk Al Batten, Samha-1 and Samha-2

The two companies, Tesla and Adnoc has just completed a joint survey regarding the possibility of installing chargers in service stations.

Mr. Al Rashidi stated that in lieu of possible progression of hybrid and electric cars, UAE is moving ahead thanks to preliminary infrastructure support for these kinds of vehicles.

With Tesla’s arrival in the United Arab Emirates, there’s a better demand potential now for electric vehicles. The US company started a shop in Dubai Mall and Tesla Ranger support & service center set to open in July. Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO announced that they will also open a shop and service center in Abu Dhabi by 2018.

As per media reports, the country has at least 85 charging stations, twelve in Abu Dhabi, sixty-eight in Dubai and five in Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Fujairah.

There are 3 types of chargers: slow, medium and fast charging.

Power users in UAE using slow charging wall socket at home will pay according to residential tariffs set by corresponding utility, just like power lights or devices is computed in monthly electric bills.

A car owner of Tesla Model S that averages 20,000 km per year, the yearly cost for battery charge at home is seventy to ninety percent more affordable than running a conventional car.

Private companies that own public charging stations in Abu Dhabi will be the one to decide on the prices as per the Abu Dhabi Distribution Company. Probable station owners must get in touch with ADDC so the distributor may verify the feasibility and check on the facilities.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority or DEWA will look after stations in Dubai, with public charging stations charging 29 fils per kwh. So if a Tesla owner utilizes public charging stations provided by DEWA, it will cost about Dh1,088 annually for 20,000 kilometers. That’s half of what would charge to power a 2017 BMW 5 Series sedan.

 

Mohamed Dekkak

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